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Deborah Arca

Director of Content

Progressive Christianity, Contemplative Spirituality, Youth Ministry, Liturgy, and Music

Deborah Arca joined the Patheos team in 2009 after serving as the Program Manager for the Programs in Christian Spirituality at the San Francisco Theological Seminary. During that time, she managed the Program's renowned spiritual direction and spiritual formation programs and continuing education events, as well as the Youth Ministry & Spirituality Project, a Lilly Endowment-funded national research project integrating spiritual practices with youth ministry. Deborah has also been a youth minister, a director of music and theatre programs for children and teens, and a music minister. Deborah belongs to a progressive United Church of Christ church in Englewood, CO. She is also the managing editor of the Progressive Christian Channel and Book Club at Patheos.

Recent Articles

Prophetic Pessimism: A Q&A with Andre Johnson

The hope I think we need is what I call a prophetic pessimism — a hope grounded in the lament tradition of prophecy that calls out the ills and systematic oppression facing society. Read More »

Dismantling Racism: A Q&A with Jacqui Lewis

What is the one issue every community of faith should be addressing from the pulpit, the classroom, in the community, on social media and in the public square? Dismantling racism. Read More »

People of Color Rising: A Q&A with Onleilove Alston

"Black women have always made Black history and continue to make Black history with spirit and grace. When Black women get free, we will all get free." Read More »

Building a Third Reconstruction: A Q&A with the William J. Barber

"A people's movement that reflects the demographic of our state and is willing to follow the leadership of people of color — that gives me hope that a Third Reconstruction is possible. We have the capacity to become the country we've not yet been." Read More »

A Faith That Liberates: A Q&A with Monica A. Coleman

"We need to change laws and efforts at justice, yes, but we also need to change vision and hearts so that when people see a young black child playing, they see just that — a child. Not a criminal or a threat. A child." Read More »